As Atlanta’s kids and families face challenges with food insecurity, financial instability, mental health, social distancing and homeschool, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta has stepped up to fill the gap. We need your support – now more than ever.
Filling the Food Gap in the Areas of Greatest Need
This week, we continued to fill the food gap in areas showing the greatest need at 4 of our Club sites, handing out more than 1,100 meals to our members, their families, and other local community partners. To date, we’ve secured nearly 50 gift cards to help families purchase groceries, totaling more than $2,000 in support. We also shared healthy recipes with families, offering affordable and nutritious ideas. Souper Jenny continued to step up, giving out an additional 100 quarts of fresh soup this week (700 quarts total since the shutdown). We are also exploring an exciting partnership with Camp Southern Ground. They are interested in distributing food from their organic farm at our Clubs – and just secured close to $80,000 to support these local efforts! We are also working with HealthMPowers to explore how we can best utilize our own Club gardens to support families and staff in need this summer. More to come!
Assessing Challenges of Families & Connecting Them with Resources
This week, our BGCMA Taskforces continued to reach out to families. We’ve connected with nearly 1,000 families to check in, assess the hurdles and challenges they are facing, and connect them with BGCMA and other community resources. Special shout out to Gail Johnson – Executive Director at our Warren Boys & Girls Club – who sent handwritten notes to all 200+ families she serves! It’s personal touches like this that show families we are always here for them!
Keeping our Members Educated, Active, and Engaged
Late last week, we announced to our parents and the whole BGCMA family that we will keep our physical doors closed in June and offer parents virtual programming and other resources. We are hard at work building out our Virtual Club Experience that will launch in late May. Through this programming, we hope to help kids and teens stay connected with their mentors and their friends and get them the support they need. We also hope to help keep their minds and bodies active. During the summer months, there is always risk for Summer Brain Drain – and with COVID-19 disrupting school this year, the risks are even greater. In the meantime, we have a number of resources available at www.bgcma.org/stayenged. Stay tuned for more!
Supporting Teens & Celebrating Seniors
This week, we held several virtual workshops with teens and graduating seniors focused on a variety of topics including “Time Management” and “Financial Literacy”. Next up? We will connect with teens to talk about “Do’s and Don’ts for Interview Attire” and “The Importance of First Impressions”. This Friday, Jahylin McKee – a professional publicist who has worked with a number of celebrities – will join our Speaker Series to talk about her career in public relations. Coming up? In partnership with Treehouse, we are beginning to plan for our Teen Tech Camp, where we will teach teens how to code, including
Full Stack Java. We are also beginning to work with partners including Accenture, State Farm, Mailchimp, and WestRock to talk through summer internships and learning. We are exploring virtual tours of companies, virtual skill building workshops, and virtual programming to give kids and teens valuable work experience in safe way. Just a reminder to please mark your calendars for our 2020 Virtual Senior Breakthrough on May 28! You can find more details at www.bgcma.org/seniorcelebration. Hope you can join us!DONATE TODAY
Equipping our Parents and/or Guardians with Youth Development Skills
With over 80 years’ experience in youth development, we are stepping up to serve as guides for parents/guardians as they serve as coaches, mentors, and teachers during this time. We have been launching videos each Monday (Mindful Monday) and Thursday (Thoughtful Thursday) to guide parents on the best youth development practices. Check out our latest releases on “Spreading Kindness” and “Starting Your Own Home Garden” at www.bgcma.org/stayengaged.
Bridging the Digital Divide
Thank you to the generous partners who have stepped up to deliver computers and laptops for our kids and teens. We are proud to share that we have secured more than 170 devices to date. This technology is helping to bridge the massive digital divide that our kids are facing. With many families trying to balance their own jobs with multiple kids at home, we are working to assess the families with the greatest need and deliver to these families first. We appreciate all you are doing to support our kids and our Clubs!
Help Us Continue to Serve our Mission
Although our Clubs are temporarily closed, through your support, we are continuing to provide critical resources and services to help our kids and teens during these uncertain times. We still have a long road ahead to support the communities that need us most.
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